Category: Costa Rica

Animals Across the Globe

Earth day is fast approaching and during each trip we see many animals. The little critters we come across can be someone’s pet, a poor stray one, or an exotic creature that requires a second or third glance. The first photo is one of my favorites from our trip to Costa Rica. The bulging eyes just make me laugh. We came across this little guy during a raining and humid walk through a Costa Rican Rain Forest. Dividing the photos into countries and regions is challenges and of course, this is just a sample of what I have seen through my travels from North America, Central America, and South America; and the African continent. I hope you enjoy.

Central America & South America

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog

The Poison Dart Frog

Costa Rica has 8 known species of poison dart frogs or poison arrow frogs. We heard this misconception during our tour that if touch these frogs you will be poisoned and die. This little amphibians of Costa Rica do not carry enough toxin that is strong (poisonous enough) to penetrate unbroken skin. I do caution not risking picking them up if you think any tiny cuts. In addition, these frogs are small, fragile species. They are best left unhandled and viewed from a distance.

Hummingbird of Costa Rica

A Keel Billed Toucan

Iguana on A Bridge

Ecuador is a small South American country that is offers a paradise feel nearly the very near paradise feel and an amazingly relaxed culture expressed by the people. You can visit many historic churches, buildings, and heritage sites and cities. The animals I saw during my first trip here varied and this included bats, snakes, reptiles, and birds. I missed visiting the Galapagos Islands. This is not to be of a too much a concern as it offers me an excuse to return and see other parts of Quito and the country during my next visit.

A Bat in Ecuador or Perhaps Two (Hard to Tell)

Watch Out for the This Little Guy…

Llama in the Field in Ecuador


Enjoying the Sun- A Lioness in Tanzania

Perhaps one of my favorite places to visit is Africa and this wonderful continent is on my backlist for a the next international trip soon. I just need to find the time and plan this next adventure. Love seeing the animals in their nature environments. Zoos are wonderful and offer the opportunity for those who may never be able to see the animals, but there is nothing like seeing the pride of lions, wildebeest, or a baby elephant with its mother at a watering hole. Go and explore this planet. 

Stork in Africa

Giraffes -Traffic Jam Not Often Seen

North America– The House-pet Review 

Enjoying the Morning in South Carolina

Little One Seems Sad

A Couple of Wild Critters in North America on Land and Sea

Humpback Whales

A Rabbit Enjoying an AM Snake

Kure Beach Pier—Don’t feed the birds!

I just realized that this could go on and on as I keep finding photos of animals. Seeing animal friends in photos gives me a different perspective of my travels. Until the next adventure and please do share your thoughts…. 

A final photo from India here. 

A Goat to the Slaughter


Celebrate our Flying Friends

Happy National Bird Day!

January 5th marks the Avian Welfare Coalition’s campaign to celebrate  the flying creatures that share the world with us. I am adding some images of the birds seen throughout my travels to mark today’s celebration of birds in the wild.


Crimson-collared Tanager in Costa Rica


Black Guan in Costa Rica


Swans on The Rhine River, Germany


Kure Beach, North Carolina’s Pier—Don’t feed the birds!


A Gaggle of Ostrich on the Serengeti, South Africa


Fruit Bat in Ecuador

Hope you enjoyed….


Costa Rica-Monteverde

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve



The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a must see visit during your stay in Santa Elena. It will astound visitors with its beauty, bounty and great amount biodiversity. Wind-sculpted elfin woodlands give way to rainforests where tall trees, covered with orchids,


bromeliads, ferns, vines, and mosses. All of which are green and rich with life.


  • Red Eyed Tree Frog


  •  Poison Dart Frog

Of course, there are bird and more birds.. here are just a few images:



We enjoyed the walk through this moist, lush biologically rich environment that is well-preserved. Everywhere you look there was something to see and one must go just one to experience this part of our unique planet.  We stay at Mar Inn, a locally owned B & B about 5 minutes walk up the ‘hill’ (you will know what I mean when you visit) from downtown Santa Elena. The owner here is Anthony and his is very accommodating to assist you with tours and recommendations. Each morning you will have a fresh breakfast cooked with local ingredients. You must try the coffee.

We highly recommend the tour agent Costa Rica Sun Tours who tailored everything for us.

Check out for your next stay in Costa Rica.



Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano Area

We stayed in the small, but very activity town of La Fortuna within site of Arenal Volcano-a must—if the clouds float away?


La Fortuna Suites, ran by Ian and his girlfriend Amanda is a wonderful  B & B just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of La Fortuna. Ian is the best host and is willing to make your stay the best just ask him for suggestions. Don’t miss the morning breakfast on the upper level!

In town, you must try the Casado or Comida Tipica (a traditional Costa Rican dish) and is the most common dish you will find in Costa Rica. It consists of beans, rice with finely diced red bell peppers and onions, fried plantains, a cabbage salad with tomato and carrot, and a choice of meat between chicken, fish, pork, or steak with grilled onions. Sometimes the dish will come with avocados.



  • Some tours to consider are as follows:
  • Giovannis Trails Urban Nature Preserve for the bird lover’s


  • A nature hike along El Silencio Reserve
  • A full day Boat Tour at Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • If you are in for some adventure, consider zip lining through Canopy and Rainforest

Check out other areas of Costa Rica including

Santa Elena

San Jose